Allen Gaels GAA Club Notes 31/10/2018

Division 2 League Final – Congratulations to the team & management on a great win over Annaduff in the Division 2 League Final on Sunday in Pairc Sean on a scoreline of 2-09 to 1-10. Despite a shaky start when we trailed by 4 points the lads settled into the game and after points from Martin Beirne (2), James Flynn & Thomas Mulvey, Ciaran Walsh struck for a goal in the 26th minute after great work from Caleb Duffy & Alan Wynne. Just before the break Martin Raftery hit a lovely point from play and we went in level at the interval. Our first score of the second period was a goal when Martin Beirne reacted quickest after a great effort from James Flynn was saved. James was playing a captain’s role when he added 2 fine points from play in the 40th & 42nd minutes to keep us ahead. Annaduff were pushing hard and 2 frees from Martin Beirne kept the scoreboard ticking over. It took a wonderful save from Diarmuid to save our bacon in the dying moments as Annaduff went all out for a winner but we deservedly held on for the victory. Well done to all the players for their commitment all year and it was fantastic to see a great servant like James Flynn lift the cup afterwards. Congratulations to manager Sean Pierson and selectors Paddy Higgins & Angus Fee for all their hard work during a long season and we look forward to competing in Division 1 next season.  


Sponsorship – The Club would like to thank Joe Gunning of Conway’s Corner House and Drumshanbo Taxis for his very generous sponsorship once again for the senior team. A big thank you also to John Moran of SKC Providers and Michael McDonagh of Mick the Barbers for their sponsorship of a set of kitbags for the U-15 squad.


U-15 – The U-15’s drew with Mohill in the 15 aside final in the curtain raiser on a scoreline of 2-06 to 1-09 in Pairc Sean on Sunday. We got away to a great start after Ciaran McMorrow pointed an opening free when Radek Oberwan converted a penalty in the 10th minute and this was followed almost immediately by a Conor Flood goal to put us in the driving seat & with further points from Ciaran, Conor & Radek we led at the break 2-04 to 0-03. The defensive work from the team in the first half was outstanding with numerous blocks & interceptions a particular highlight. In the second half credit must go to Mohill who got on top in terms of possession and with only Shane McKeon and Liam McGourty pointing for us, Mohill reeled off a succession of points to leave just a goal between the sides and as often happens in underage games the equaliser arrived in the last minute when Mohill scrambled to the net. Both sides could have won it in injury time but we have to do it all again next weekend so best wishes to Farrell, Angus and the team. We wish Mark Reynolds a speedy recovery as he had to attend NowDoc after the game for a head injury suffered in the second half.  Please turn out again in numbers to support the team.  


Annual Golf Classic – The golf classic Scramble takes place on Saturday in Ballinamore. The event is sponsored again this year by the McGuire Family as the teams of 3 complete for the James McGuire Trophy. Timesheet from 8am and teams cost €90. Please contact Enda McGloin for tee times.


25 Card Drive – The card game continues in Aras Padraig every Sunday night at 8:30pm. All welcome.


Lotto – There was no winner of the lotto jackpot last week the numbers were 11-17-18-28. The prize winners of €20 each were: Sean & Peggy Lynch, Drumshanbo; Shane McRann, Mount Allen; Catherine O’Dowd, Carrick-on-Shannon; Teresa Cornyn, Dowra; Eileen Flaherty, Riverstown. The jackpot now stands at €3,700.


Dublin City Marathon – The Club would like to pass on heartiest congrats to all the local runners from Drumshanbo Athletic Club who took part in the marathon on Sunday with a special word for underage coaches Damien McCabe and Neil Nolan and club referee Cyril McKeon.


Well done Niall – Congratulations to Niall Morahan who made his full debut for Sligo Rovers at the weekend and delivered a very accomplished performance.


Connacht Club Championship – Best wishes to Fenagh St. Caillians and Glenfarne Kiltyclogher who both play Sligo opposition this Saturday against Shamrock Gaels and Easkey respectively.


Sympathy – The Club extends deepest condolences to the Wynne & Costello Families, Carrick Road on the sad passing of John Joe Winters, who was laid to rest in Drumcong last week. Sympathy also to the Flynn Family on the sad passing of Padraig Flynn also laid to rest in Drumcong last week. Sincere sympathy also to the McManus Family, Aughakilbrack on the death of James Donnelly, Longford and to the Woods Family on the death of Pat Connolly, Leitrim Village, both of whom were laid to rest in Drumshanbo at the weekend.